Reynolds Science Center Planetarium

The Reynolds Planetarium at Henderson State University is a one-of-a-kind teaching, learning, and special occasion place located in the heart of Southwest Arkansas. Open to the public for shows, star-gazing events, field trips, and private functions, the planetarium reflects Henderson State University's commitment to service through educational engagement with the community.  The planetarium is located inside the Reynolds Science Center and run by the Department of Engineering and Physics.

With an 8.2 meter (27.5 ft) diameter dome and state of the art Digitalis Gamma Digital Projection system, The Reynolds Planetarium is one of the largest and most sophisticated in the state of Arkansas. The Digitalis Gamma system can project stars, planets, galaxies, and virtually anything else onto the dome as they look in the real sky (including both the Northern and Southern hemispheres - when was the last time you saw the Southern Cross?) as well as immerse the audience in a full-dome animation show. Shows combine stunning visual effects on the dome with powerful surround sound to transport audiences to all reaches of the universe, from a light-speed trip to see mysterious black holes to the Stars of the Pharaohs.

The Donald W. Reynolds planetarium is a member of the Southwestern Association of Planetariums (SWAP) and the Great Lakes Planetarium Association (GLPA).

Planetarium Schedule: Remaining shows for Spring 2017

When you attend a planetarium show, you will be given a tour of the night's sky, visiting beautiful planets, nebulae, and galaxies. Before your show begins, your guide will point out the fascinating objects you can see that night with the naked eye, binoculars, or a telescope. Plan for 10-15 minutes in addition to the length of your show.

Thursday, March 9th at 7 PM “Dawn of the Space Age”

From the launch of the first artificial satellite Sputnik, to the magnificent lunar landings – be immersed and overwhelmed with this most accurate historical reconstruction of man’s first steps into space. Who were these men and women who took part in these death-defying endeavors? Witness their drive, their passion and their perseverance to explore. (36 Min)

Thursday, March 30th at 7 PM “Two Small Pieces of Glass”

How the telescope has changed our few of the heavens from its inception, development, improvement and what is in store for the future of watching the stars. (25 min)

Sunday, April 2nd at 2 PM “Two Small Pieces of Glass”

Thursday, April 13th at 7 PM “Stars of the Pharaohs”

Travel to ancient Egypt to see how science was used to tell time, make a workable calendar, and align huge buildings. Learn about the connection the ancient Egyptians felt with the stars and various astronomical phenomena, and experience some of the most spectacular temples and tombs of the ancient world recreated in its original splendor. (36 min)

All public shows listed in the schedule above will start promptly at 7 p.m., and no late entries will be allowed.

Cost 

  • General Public - $3 per person
  • HSU students, faculty and staff - $1 with school ID
  • OBU students, faculty, and staff - $1 with school ID

Group Showings

The planetarium accommodates various school and community groups throughout the year that wish to visit during the school day. The Department of Engineering and Physics will make every reasonable effort to schedule a show for your group.  

For each group show, the cost is $50 for up to 45 people.  Contact us for group pricing of larger groups.  

To schedule a show for your group, contact:

Denise Cordova
cordovd@hsu.edu
870-230-5162
or
Dr. Rick McDaniel
mcdanir@hsu.edu 
870-230-5170

Birthday Party Information

The Society of Physics Students now hosts planetarium birthday parties including a science demo show.  This birthday package includes 1 planetarium show (22-45 minutes depending on the show), a science demo show in our physics lab classroom (approximately 25 minutes), and 24 gourmet cupcakes from Muffin Tops for a cost of $120. Up to 24 guests may be invited for this price.  Birthday parties must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.  Please note that not all dates/times are possible, since we are an educational institution first.

If you are interested in scheduling a planetarium birthday party, email the Society of Physics Students advisor Dr. Shannon Clardy at clardys@hsu.edu or call 870-230-5165.  

Click here for a list of Planetarium Shows currently available.